It is a wild understatement to say it has been a hard year in agriculture. It has been a year of loss, heartbreak and stress. As a frontpage Washington Post article captured, “Farm bankruptcies and loan delinquencies are rising, calamitous weather events are ruining crops and profits are vanishing during Trump’s global trade disputes.”
I had to dig deep, but I was determined to find some silver linings.
As I sat with my pen, paper and thoughts, I found I had more and more to write. I was reminded that farmers have amazing grit and determination, which is why, despite the incredible challenges ahead, I remain firmly optimistic that we will find the ways to feed the world while sustaining the natural resources on which we all depend.
Here are a few examples of the many ways that farmers inspired me this year.
Farmers see increased yield resilience to extreme weather
Conservation practices enabled farmers to do better than they would have otherwise in the face of very challenging weather.